When children pull a book off the library shelf for recreational reading, what are they considering -length? ... jacket appeal? ... difficulty level? ... relation to their experiential background? All of these probably enter into consideration when the selection is made. The determining factor, however, for a freely chosen book, is quite likely to be the interest level of that selection for a particular child (Breen, 1967). Teachers acknowledge the importance of a motivating interest when they teach a directed reading lesson or prepare a child for an Informal Reading Inventory selection. Advocates of individualized reading programs have long stressed the importance of the interest factor in the child's self-selection of reading materials.
Smith, L. L., & Joyner, C. R. (1990). Comparing Recreational Reading Levels with Reading Levels from an Informal Reading Inventory. Reading Horizons, 30 (4). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol30/iss4/5